Broad Reaching with Andrew Cross

Highs and Lows

Some friends were on our boat for dinner the other night who had just returned to the Pacific Northwest after spending two years cruising Mexico and crossing the South Pacific to Australia. Their stories were plentiful, fascinating and at times hilarious. But one of the conversations that stuck most vividly in my mind was that of the emotional highs and lows that cruisers invariably experience.

They had some great highs and lows to share and it got me rolling through a list of triumphs and tragedies that cruisers often face. The lows are interesting because they are usually born out of pure frustration. For me it has been when a succession of small things happens, such as minor gear failures that then snowball into something great until you finally throw up your hands and shout, “I can’t take it anymore!” But the highs, oh those sweet highs. Those are the ones you remember and come back for. They are the green flashes at the end of a tropical sunset or the unexpected pod of dolphins that comes to play at your bow when you are feeling lonely offshore. At the end of the night, we all agreed that we endure the lows because the highs are so spectacular.

Enjoy this week’s edition.

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